Meet Our Staff

School Leader

Alberta Galarza

School Leader

Mrs. Galarza was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School (a parochial school in Southwest Detroit) in 2001. That same year, she married her husband, Hector. In 2010, her husband became the pastor at her church. So aside from her commitment to the education of children, she is very involved at her church and her community.

Mrs. Galarza obtained both her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Wayne State University.  She began her career as an educator at Hope of Detroit Academy in August of 2004.  At Hope of Detroit Academy, she taught grades kindergarten through second grade.  Eight years later, she became the instructional coach and coordinated the curriculum, instruction, and assessments across kindergarten through eighth grade. Following her position as the Instructional Coach for four years, she became the Assistant School Leader for three years.  

Currently, Mrs. Galarza is the school leader at the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary.  ABTE is located in Dearborn, Michigan and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  ABTE has been in existence for over seventeen years.  Mrs. Galarza has been involved in and has chaired several committees throughout her career.  She served in various lead roles such as Ferris State University’s Contract Review, District and School Improvement Process, and AdvancEd Accreditation Process.  She also held an important role in the Middle/High School Expansion Project, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) team, and Data Teams Process. 

School Administration


MTSS Coach 

Pamela Shaffer

Instructional Coach 

Teaching Staff

Suzanne Rocca


Lina Al-Shamsi


Heather McHugh

Grade 1

Elizabeth Hooten

Grade 2

Cynthia King

Grade 2

Ekaete Udoroh

Grade 5

John Hayman

Grade 4

Carolyn Tola

Grade 4

Micah Davis

Grade 5

Additional Staff

Wendy Cronce

Office Manager

Melanie Burgos

Office Assistant

Laura Bliss

Special Education

Chelsea Zajac

Social Worker

​Florencia Paden

Section 31a Teacher

Epstein Roy

Title I Paraeducator

Greg Anderson

Bus Driver

Herman Williams

Bus Driver

Vanessa Lara

Lunch Room/Enrichment 


Lorena Guerrero

Lunch Aide

Alejandra Barajas

Lunch Aide

​Iman Ilayian

Title I Paraeducator

Clare Weiand

Title I Paraeducator

Janeisha Randall

Behavior Coordinator

Briandra Turner

LRE Aide